The past several days brought the Vintage Applique Butterfly quilt started by my Great-grandmother, Mina Opal, to a completed top.
As I picked apart the previous setting, I noticed that there were 6 blocks where the butterflies were straight on the block and 48 blocks where they were angled. Considering the care and attention to detail in the work generally, I was certain that was not an accident. But, why?
Research revealed that that there is a layout for 54 blocks that has a six block center–a medallion!
After that the process went relatively quickly. I created a six block medallion and surrounded it with three part sashing, placing a nine-patch in the corners. Most quilts in this style used either a single wide piece of sashing or additional background material, but I liked this look. Around and around we go!
Three layers plus a wide outer border of muslin as close as I could get to that in the background of the blocks. It is lighter, but the texture is right and I think after quilting it won’t be too obvious.
I am preparing to scallop that outer border when it gets back from the quilter and marked a rough draft version to guide her work. Yes, this quilt is being sent out. It deserves the best, so I am giving it that chance.
Won’t my mother be surprised when she sees it again!